June 24, 2016 by  
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Left to Right: Lana Mackic, Danielle Hanke, Matthew Klassen (Missing Ciara Zarn)

Left to Right: Lana Mackic, Danielle Hanke, Matthew Klassen (Missing Ciara Zarn)

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, with support from Credit Unions of Manitoba, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Credit Unions of Manitoba High School Scholar Athlete Awards. These $1000.00 Scholarships are awarded to four graduating high school student athletes who maintained a minimum 85% average and compete in at least two interscholastic sports.  Other criteria include school, community, volunteer, and citizenship activities.


The presentation took place at a ceremony hosted by Her Honour, the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba at Government House.    Awards were presented by the Lieutenant Governor  Janice C. Filmon,  Premier Brian Pallister, Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association President  Mr. Chris Gudziunas (Assistant Superintendent of Hanover School Division) and Mr. Kurtis Brown of Oak Bank Credit Union.


Forty students were nominated this year:

Findlay Brown – Vincent Massey Collegiate

Kaylee Brooke Butterfield – Souris School

Samantha Cattani – St. Mary’s Academy

Autumn DeGraeve- Treherne Collegiate

Jasmine Ashley Dela Cruz – Maples Collegiate Wellington Driedger – Steinbach Christian School

Tyson Daniel Dyck – Portage Collegiate

Rebekah Eckert – Murdock MacKay Collegiate

Keylyn Morgan Filewich – Vincent Massey Collegiate

Danielle Hanke – Neepawa Area Collegiate

Gillian Brenlee Hayek – College Pierre-Elliot Trudeau

Ariel Henderson – Hapnot Collegiate (Flin Flon)

Kevin Ireland – River East Collegiate

Emily Marie Issak – Morris School

Ashley Nicole Jay – Hamiota Collegiate

Matthew Klassen – Glenboro School

Sebastian Klassen – Northlands Parkway Collegiate (Winkler)

Deric Kornelson – Centre Scolaire Leo-Remillard

Matthew Lehmann – J.H. Bruns Collegiate

Cheyenne Levandoski – McCreary School

Lana Mackic – Miles Macdonell Collegiate

Carina McLennan – Glenlawn Collegiate

Maria Abigail Medina – John Taylor Collegiate

Luke Moslenko – College Pierre-Elliot Trudeau Aaron Dylan Nario – Kildonan East Collegiate Megan Neduzak – Morden Collegiate

Jackson Penner – Margaret Barbour Collegiate (The Pas)

Nick Mathieu Poirier – Morris School

Celeste Ritchot – Centre Scolaire Leo-Remillard

Mary Joy Santos – St. John’s High School

Eryn Irene Stewart – Stonewall Collegiate

Keegan Teetaert – Steinbach Regional

Daniel Thiessen – Glenlawn Collegiate

Brynn Todd – Westwood Collegiate

Laura Wallace  – Virden Collegiate

Kayla Morgan Weik – Arborg Collegiate

Dana Elizabeth Wiens – Green Valley School (Grunthal)

Chelsea Rae  Witt – Warren Collegiate

Ciara Zarn – Killarney Collegiate


The four student athletes awarded $1000.00 scholarships were:


Ciara Zarn of Killarney Collegiate –  participates in volleyball, softball, cross country and track and field.  She received several All-Star awards at different volleyball tournaments and was a member of the “AA” Girls Provincial Volleyball Championship team, a graduating Volleyball All-Star and was awarded the Players Choice Award at the Provincial Championships.  She is on the Graduation Committee, is a member of the school concert band, a Peer Helper, attended the Champions Cross Mentoring program, part of the Hovercraft Team, and a volunteer in the school cafeteria.  Ciara maintains an academic average of 98% while also helping in the community gym as a personal trainer and as a volunteer at the local Veterinary clinic.


Ciara states:  “First sport has taught me about hard work, dedication, and perseverance.  Over the past ten years, I learned that participation is not enough.  How well I do in athletics and academics is dependent on my effort.  I have learned that I can become very successful in a short amount of time if I can stay determined and work hard towards a clear goal.  If I combine practice with hard work, I give myself an even greater chance of success.


Danielle Hanke of Neepawa Area Collegiate – holds an academic average of 97% while participating in soccer, volleyball and basketball.  She was co-captain of her soccer and basketball team and captain of her volleyball team.  Danielle was a member of both the graduating all-star basketball team and an All-Star at Basketball Provincials.  She is on her schools Honour Roll and also is President of the Student Council, part of the schools peer helpers and tutors, as well as the social Justice group called H.O.P.E. and band.  She coached Jr. High girls basketball and 5 and under for Neepawa United Soccer Association.


Danielle states:  “I truly believe in MHSAA’s slogan that “Athletics is the Other Half of Education”, and believe that the skills learned through sport can be just as important as the subjects taught in class. Playing sports teaches many important life lessons that will benefit the athletes for the rest of their lives, including

Teamwork, leadership, determination, work ethic, and respect among others.  These skills will benefit you far past high school, and will help as you transition into the “real world.”


Lana Mackic of Miles Macdonell Collegiate – participates in basketball, cross country, track, and badminton all while holding an academic average of 98%.  She was captain of her basketball team, recognized as the fourth best basketball player in the province, was athlete of the week, and received the Carl Ridd Award.  She is a member of the school’s student council and has helped coach Spring League Training and Coached at the Edge and Anishinabe basketball camps.


Lana states: “One of the most important lessons that sports teaches is time management.    Time management is a skill I will take with me to University.  Sport also helps teenagers become motivated and determined individuals.  I have learned that to reach a goal you need to persevere and work hard.”


Matthew Klassen of Glenboro School –  was Captain of both the volleyball and basketball team.  He was a provincial volleyball All-Star and Provincial Basketball MVP, was a graduating All-Star for both volleyball and basketball and the “A” male player of the year for basketball.  He maintains and academic average of 92% while also participating in track and field, badminton and baseball.  He is a member of the schools choir, drama production, and We Day/Youth in Philanthropy group and coached grade 7 and 8 Volleyball and basketball, as well as being a member of the student council and volunteering in the community.


Matthew  states: “Over my four years of participating in high school sport I have learned skills that will not only help me to succeed in sport, but also in life. I have experienced firsthand how hard work, dedication, discipline, and a positive attitude will lead you to success in anything you do.  Being a multi sport athlete, I also had to figure out very quickly how to be organized in order to excel in my athletics, academics, and community involvement.  The lifelong friendships I have developed with teammates, and the memories I have shared with them are priceless. My high school athletics experience has been truly invaluable to me and it has helped shape me into the person I am today.


Each of the four winners will receive a $1000.00 scholarship courtesy of Manitoba’s Credit Unions.

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